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Manufacturers accused of being lax on passenger safety

Euro NCAP has accused manufacturers of doing too little to improve the safety of passengers in accidents.

Releasing the latest round of results on crash tests, the European testing organisation says it is ‘shocked’ there appears to have been little progress improving certain vehicles since 1999.

The Chrysler Voyager is singled out. It has again been awarded a ‘poor’ safety score of two stars with the last star struck through, seven years after it originally received a two-star result.

In the lastest results, the right-hand drive Voyager did not meet the minimum score for a three star adult occupant protection rating. The Voyager’s results also indicated an ‘unacceptably high risk of serious or fatal injury’. The Voyager was tested in 1999.

Euro NCAP chairman Claes Tingvall, said: “I find it shocking that, in seven years, this manufacturer has not been able to improve the safety of this MPV - a car that is clearly targeting families. Still worse is that Chrysler continues to sell this version in the UK whilst a better-equipped and better-performing version is available in left hand drive across the rest of Europe. I do hope that Chrysler intends to show a greater commitment to safety in the future.”

Today’s results also include some disappointing pedestrian protection scores. Again, the Chrysler Voyager is the worst performer, scoring no points at all and being awarded no stars. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, also made by Chrysler, performed equally poorly in 2005.

Tingvall said: “I am continually disappointed by the lack of commitment and effort shown by manufacturers to improving the level of pedestrian protection in their vehicles. This is an area where there are few front-runners and massive room for improvement.”

Results released today are in the MPV, small off-roader and small family categories.

  • MPV

    Chrysler Voyager
    Occupant Protection: 2 stars strike through
    Child Protection: 4 stars Pedestrian Protection: 0 stars

  • Small off-roader

    Chevrolet Captiva
    Occupant Protection: 4 stars
    Child Protection: 3 stars
    Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

  • Small family cars

    Volkswagen Eos
    Occupant Protection: 4 stars
    Child Protection: 4 stars
    Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

    Volvo C30
    Occupant Protection: 5 stars
    Child Protection: 4 stars
    Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

  • More Euro NCAP data
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